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Month: December 2023

Nassarawa State Govt Partners Shippers’ Council on Inland Dry Port Project*

Nassarawa State Govt Partners Shippers’ Council on Inland Dry Port Project*

Press Release
Nassarawa State Government has expressed willingness to partner with the Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) to facilitate the establishment of Inland Dry Port (IDP) in the State. The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr.Pius Akutah, disclosed this after a closed door meeting with the Executive Governor of Nassarawa State, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi Sule. Akutah who briefed newsmen after the meeting on Saturday hinted that the Governor has already issued directives on how the project can be actualized for the benefit of shippers in the state. The NSC Chief Executive Officer further disclosed that the State Governor has directed the Attorney General of Nassarawa State to meet with the management of the Nassarawa Investment Agency to ...
Bayelsa Gov Signs N489.4bn 2024 Appropriation, Electricity Bills Into Law *Assembly Increases Budget For Stadium, Renal Centre Projects

Bayelsa Gov Signs N489.4bn 2024 Appropriation, Electricity Bills Into Law *Assembly Increases Budget For Stadium, Renal Centre Projects

News Feature, Press Release
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has signed the state’s 2024 appropriation bill of N489,443,632,374 into law. Governor Diri appended his signature on the “Budget of Sustainable and Shared Prosperity” on Thursday in Government House, Yenagoa. This figure represents an increase of N8.450 billion from the earlier N480,993,632,369 the governor presented to the House of Assembly for consideration on November 29, 2023. His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted Senator Diri as saying that the budget prioritises key sectors like education, infrastructure, healthcare delivery and agriculture. He expressed optimism that a careful implementation of the budget would improve the living conditions of the people and address rural and urban poverty. He said: “In order...
My Predecessor Not A Godfather, Says Diri

My Predecessor Not A Godfather, Says Diri

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has commended the exemplary character of his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson, saying the former governor does not act like a political godfather. Governor Diri also said their relationship remains cordial and unbroken. The Bayelsa governor, who stated this at Toru-Orua, Senator Dickson’s hometown in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, during his usual Christmas visit on Wednesday, said since leaving office in 2020, the former governor has supported him and had not been overbearing. His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that the unity between himself and the immediate past governor, who now represents Bayelsa West in the Senate, has contributed greatly to the peace and development of the...
HURRAY!!! DR BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH IS MARITIME MAN OF THE YEAR 2023 ***Investiture to hold in Kaduna in Feb. 2024

HURRAY!!! DR BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH IS MARITIME MAN OF THE YEAR 2023 ***Investiture to hold in Kaduna in Feb. 2024

Maritime, News Feature
After a painstaking appraisal of critical players in the Maritime Industry in 2023, using key performance indicators and compliance with best Corporate Governance benchmarks, the Editorial Board of Maritime Media , Publishers of Nigeria's Flagship Maritime, Shipping World, have unanimously voted DR BASHIR YUSUF JAMOH, OFR as Maritime Man of the Year, 2023. TV THE MAN JAMOH AND HIS LEGACIES: Upon assumption of duty as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh seemed to have brought a magic wand that is turning everything around in the Nigerian maritime industry. This is perhaps not surprising as Dr Jamoh prior to his appointment as CEO of the Agency had put in nearly three decades in NIMASA nay the maritime industry. From t...
Christmas: Promote Peace, Brotherliness, Diri Urges Bayelsans

Christmas: Promote Peace, Brotherliness, Diri Urges Bayelsans

News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has implored people of the state to foster peace, joy and brotherliness as they celebrate Christmas. Governor Diri gave the counsel in his Christmas message during the state-organised carol programme christened “Festival of Nine Lessons” at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, on Saturday. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Sunday, quoted the governor as saying that his government would continue to build on the legacies of peace and love that it has been preaching. Speaking on the outcome of the last governorship election in the state, Diri noted that his overwhelming victory was according to the wishes of the people and again expressed his administration’s appreciation to the electorate in the state....
“Governor Douye Diri Welcomes Timaya, Celebrated Nigerian Music Icon, to Bayelsa State Government House

“Governor Douye Diri Welcomes Timaya, Celebrated Nigerian Music Icon, to Bayelsa State Government House

News Feature
I just received our homeboy, Inetimi Odon, popularly known as Timaya, the multiple award-winning Nigerian music star at the Government House in Yenagoa. Timaya is a worthy son of my community, Sampou, in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA and of Bayelsa State. For Timaya, it is indeed Ijaw Nation to the world. I have fond memories of him growing up and he has told me that he has come back to contribute to the development of our great State. ~ SDD
GOV DIRI INSISTS BAYELSA IS ONE OF NIGERIA’S RICHEST STATES, FAULTS ECONOMIC VIABILITY REPORT

GOV DIRI INSISTS BAYELSA IS ONE OF NIGERIA’S RICHEST STATES, FAULTS ECONOMIC VIABILITY REPORT

Law, News Feature
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has again made a case for the practice of true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria in order to determine the real viability of states. Governor Diri spoke on Wednesday during the 124th state executive council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, against the backdrop of a recent report on the economic and financial viability of states in the country. It could be recalled that the Economic Confidential, in its 2022 Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) report, listed Bayelsa among six states that were allegedly financially insolvent. In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the Bayelsa governor faulted the report, saying it focused on only federal allocation and internally generated revenue to determine a...
Apapa Traffic: Oyetola sets up committee to review E-call  . Meets stakeholders in Lagos

Apapa Traffic: Oyetola sets up committee to review E-call . Meets stakeholders in Lagos

News Feature
As part of efforts to reduce the Apapa gridlock and strengthen the E-call up system, Marine and Blue Economy minister, Adegboyega Oyetola has set up a committee to review the E-call up system and come up with measures to ensure the current abuse of the system becomes a thing of the past. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the minister's spokesman, Ismail Omipidan, on Wednesday morning, in Abuja. The committee is to review the Standard Operating Procedures for Truck Traffic Management along the Lagos port corridor. Omipidan Ismail who noted that the committee was expected to meet with other critical stakeholders in Lagos on Thursday for the review, quoted the minister as saying "every possible abuse of the system by human should be x-rayed and solutions provided with a...
I will build on the Foundation laid by my Predecessors….Shippers Council Boss.

I will build on the Foundation laid by my Predecessors….Shippers Council Boss.

Maritime, News Feature
The new helmsman of the Nigeria Shippers' Council, Barr Pius Akutah, has promised to build on the solid Foundation laid by his predecessors. Ukatah who said he was very proud of the landmark achievements he inherited seven weeks ago as Executive Secretary of the Council, vowed not to let the Minister of Marine and Blue, His Excellency, Gboyega Oyetola, down on the performance bond he signed with the Minister. Speaking when a delegation of the League of Maritime Editors paid him a visit in his office Monday, he promised to raise the stakes of the marine and blue economy in its contribution to the nation's GDP from its current paltry 2per cent by ensuring that the Council took its pride of place as the Maritime economic regulator by growing the sector.. "We have taken concrete steps to activ...